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King, Spanish & Snapper Grouper Panels to Meet

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of the King & Spanish Mackerel Advisory Panel (AP) and Snapper Grouper AP in North Charleston, SC.

The meetings will be held from 9 a.m. on Monday, April 22, 2013 until 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

The meetings will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International Boulevard, North Charleston, SC 29418; telephone: (800) 445-8667 or (843) 308-9330; fax: (843) 308-9331.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, SAFMC; telephone: (843) 571-4366 or toll free (866) SAFMC-10; fax: (843) 769-4520; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The items of discussion in the individual meeting agendas are as follows:

King & Spanish Mackerel AP Agenda: Monday, April 22, 2013, 9 a.m. Until Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 12 p.m.

    1. Discuss and provide recommendations for Mackerel Amendment 19, 

which addresses bag limit sales of king and Spanish mackerel, reduces 

inactive king mackerel permits, and addresses income requirements for 

commercial king and Spanish mackerel permits.

    2. Discuss and provide recommendations for Mackerel Amendment 20, 

which pertains to: changes in Gulf group zones; transit provisions in 

Florida waters; and allocations for king and Spanish mackerel in North 

Carolina. The amendment also addresses framework procedure 

modifications as well as updated Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) for cobia.

    3. Discuss and provide recommendations for South Atlantic Framework 

Actions, which considers: a change in the king mackerel minimum size 

limit; modifications to transfer-at-sea provisions for the Spanish 

mackerel gillnet fishery; changes in the king mackerel commercial trip 

limits; and modifications to the Spanish mackerel quota and trip limit 


 Snapper Grouper AP Agenda: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 1:30 p.m. Until Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12 p.m.

    1. Receive an update on the April, 2013 Scientific and Statistical 

Committee (SSC) Meeting, including: the application of the Only 

Reliable Catch Stocks (ORCS) methodology to specify Acceptable 

Biological Catches (ABCs) for unassessed snapper grouper species 

included in the Comprehensive ACL Amendment; and the black sea bass 

stock assessment.

    2. Receive an update on both future and completed snapper grouper 


    3. Receive presentations on: Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS); an 

electronic monitoring (EM) pilot study on snapper grouper bandit 

vessels; and the Fishery Independent Reef Fish Survey.

    4. Receive an overview of Snapper Grouper Amendment 30, pertaining 

to the consideration of VMS for the commercial snapper grouper fishery. 

Discuss the amendment and provide recommendations.

    5. Receive an overview on Regulatory Amendment 14, which addresses 

management measures for the following snapper grouper species: greater 

amberjack; mutton snapper; gray triggerfish; hogfish; black sea bass; 

vermilion snapper; and gag grouper. Discuss the amendment and provide 


    6. Receive overviews on: regional allocations for black sea bass; 

and Visioning and Strategic Planning for the snapper grouper complex. 

Discuss the overviews and provide recommendations.


Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 

before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject 

of formal action during these meetings. Action will be restricted to 

those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues 

arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action 

under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 

Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's 

intent to take final action to address the emergency.



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